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Ayrshire Links

Ayrshire Archive Centre
The Centre acts as both a repository for the current and historic records of South Ayrshire and a base for the many activities which Ayrshire Archives is involved in.  Many of the historic records relate to the county rather than solely to the part of it which is now in the administrative district of South Ayrshire.

Archives Information

Ayrshire Source List at Glasgow University Archives & Business Records Centre

Boswell Papers at Yale University

Boswell Papers - the Yale Editions

British Library Manuscript Collections

Maybole History
This history section of the Maybole site contains articles and complete books about "Carrick's Capital", as well as many resources for family historians.

Montgomery Manuscripts    (Sheffield University)
James Montgomery was born at Irvine in Ayrshire on November 4th, 1771. He was sent to a Moravian school at Fulneck, near Leeds at an early age, and left aged 16 to become apprenticed to a shopkeeper. An attempt to make his way in London failed, and he returned to South Yorkshire, where he was appointed assistant editor to the Sheffield Register, to which he contributed extensively.

North Ayrshire Museum
North Ayrshire Council Museums Service:
              North Ayrshire Museum
              Vennel Gallery
              Museum of the Cumbraes
              Kilwinning Abbey Tower
              Independent Museums

Visit the sites at Saltcoats, Irvine, Kilwinning and Millport to discover  the rich heritage of North Ayrshire.  North Ayrshire Council Museums Service is part of the Educational Services directorate of North Ayrshire Council.       

South Ayrshire Libraries: Scottish and Local History Library
In the Carnegie Library, Ayr, this houses a unique collection of books, pamphlets, directories, maps, plans, local newspapers and photographs.

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Ayrshire Family History Societies and Related Links

Ayrshire Genealogy

Ayrshire at Lineages.com

Alloway and Southern Ayrshire Family History Society

East Ayrshire Family History Society

Glasgow & West of Scotland Family History Society

Largs and North Ayrshire Family History Society (I have just learnt that the link is not working. I have removed it until I can replace it with a working link. In case it has since been reinstated, you may wish to try it. Old link.)

Troon and District Family History Society

Given the family links between Ayrshire and the North of Ireland, the following link may be of use.

North of Ireland Family History Society

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Scottish Links

General Register Office for Scotland [GRO(S)]

History of Photography in Edinburgh 

National Archives of Scotland
The official website of the National Archives of Scotland was launched on St Andrew’s Day. Among the many records which can be viewed on-line are the declaration of Arbroath, the earliest letter of Mary Queen of Scots, and the Act of Union 1710. The website also includes information on sources for family history.

National Library of Scotland
The website of Scotland’s national library. It brings you information on all the Library’s services, including how to use the reading rooms, and gives you instant access to the Library’s online catalogue. You can also find out about the Library’s fascinating collections of manuscripts, maps and rare books as well as our tailor-made information service for business and industry, SCOTBIS.

National Register of Archives

Public Record Office Catalogue

Scottish Libraries Across the Internet - the slainte search engine"Internet 

Access to the Written History of Scotland" is the slogan of this major, lottery-funded project. It was launched in November 2000, and carries a limited amount of material as yet, but all the features of the site which will be developed over the next three years are illustrated by a series of sample pages: lists of holdings of almost 50 participating Scottish archives; a comprehensive index to Scots wills from 1500 to 1875; and a variety of ‘research tools’. This is a site to watch.

SCRAN - "SCRAN presents Scotland's history and culture."



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Scottish Directories

Rampant Scotland
"The largest directory of Scottish links".  The History section has a large number of good sites.

"Scotland's national internet signpost".  For Scottish history try Society and Culture/History.

Scottish Culture
This is a section of the About directory, within which many sites concerning Scottish history are to be found.

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